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United Nations (Sanctions)

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the Government's policy is on supporting increased (a) funding and (b) resources available to the UN's sanction committees. [131132]

The UK contributes to UN sanctions committees through assessed contributions on an annual basis. Mandates for funding are set out by the Security Council. These mandates are ratified by the General Assembly, who in turn approves the budget. HMG wants to see all the sanctions committees

functioning effectively; through appropriate funding and resources, but to date support for increased funding for sanctions committees has not been necessary.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what support he has given towards the creation of a dedicated sanctions unit within the UN Secretariat. [131131]

The UK and France drafted a joint proposal in 2001 for an independent sanctions monitoring mechanism to improve the Security Council's capacity to monitor targeted sanctions regimes it has established. After considerable discussion among Council members, the proposal stalled as some members were opposed to it. The Government are currently considering whether we should re—initiate discussions on this proposal again in the near future.